Sexting isn’t just a bad behavior for minors, it can result in a felony for both parties. Learn more from a School Resource Officer who deals with these issues regularly.
Hello, my name is Raul Cruz. I’m a school resource officer with the Cleveland Police Department. A child taking nude photographs of themselves, sending them to another child, they play both the victim and criminal in the same boat. Not only are they disseminating sexual content of a minor, they are in position of that as well. They can face serious felony charges on both ends of the card.
Where, I know, personally, in my school, I had a father come into the office and say, “I have a humongous problem. Had a friend of mine come to me and tell me my son has a picture of your daughter unclothed on his phone.” What ultimately happened was they were dating, they broke up. The boyfriend was mad at the girlfriend and he sent said pictures to all of his friends, who shared it and continued to share it, and it spread like wildfire between two schools. The father wanted me to go and charge everybody individually and find all these children and find all of this content that was spread out. I had to inform him that, unfortunately, once content like this hits the internet and spreads like wildfire, there is no way to contain it.
The other thing I had to advise the father was, his daughter, taking those photos, she committed a crime in that of itself. She took pictures of herself and then disseminated them. The girl got charged with that felony charge, which furthered her victimization of it, because not only does she have to go on living with the fact that her exposed body is out there in cyberspace somewhere, but she has to deal with the legal ramifications of those actions as well.